Feeding Chicks HOW MUCH?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chicken Pickins, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. Chicken Pickins

    Chicken Pickins New Egg

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    I'm a first timer. [​IMG]
    My chicks are less than a week old, and WOW, can they eat! Sixteen chicks are eating a quart sized container per day. Is that normal? Should I leave the feed available ALL the time?
     
  2. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would let them eat free choice as much as they want. They grow fast and need a lot of fuel to do all all that growing.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    They will eat a lot and probably waste a lot, but keep food in front of them at all times. That does sound about normal feed consumption.
     
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  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, they do eat a lot when they are little. They will basically double in size every week. They need an unlimited supply of food to fuel that early rapid growth. And you will find that your once spacious brooder is suddenly way too small, practically overnight. The good news is that after about 6 to 8 weeks, that growth rate will slow way down. The amount of feed that they consume will also slow down.
     
  5. jk47

    jk47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I go through about 4 bags of chick start per 26 chicks from 1 day old to 7weeks old
    I think nutrina has a feed consumption guide on there website
     
  6. Chicken Pickins

    Chicken Pickins New Egg

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    Thanks everyone. That helps a lot. [​IMG]
     

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